It's already Week 8? Where has the time gone? It seems like the season just started yesterday and now it's only a few more weeks until the playoffs. Last week, Big C posted a 20-4 record, which he considers to be very good. We have a great slate of games this week. There are a lot of tough games staring Big C in the face, as a good many of the games look as if they could go either way. Fall finally appears to be here, as there is a chill in the air! It's going to be a great Friday night. Let's get to the fun:
T.L. HANNA AT EASLEY: The Yellow Jackets should bounce back from their loss to Greenwood in a big way... Hanna 42, Easley 13.
GREENWOOD AT HILLCREST: The Eagles proved last Friday that they are still the king in Region 1. The Rams just don't have enough firepower to mount a challenge to Greenwood... Greenwood 35, Hillcrest 7.
WESTSIDE AT MAULDIN: The Mavericks think they have a shot to win Region 1 this year. No doubt that Mauldin has improveed some, but whether they can challenge for a region title remains to be seen. They have to win this one to have any kind of shot. The Mavericks should be able to do that... Mauldin 24, Westside 14.
BOILING SPRINGS AT SPARTANBURG: The Bulldogs have never defeated the Vikings, and it doesn't appear likely that it will happen this year either. The Spartanburg offense is too strong for Boiling Springs... Spartanburg 42, Boiling Springs 14.
BYRNES AT DORMAN: This is the most anticipated game in the state this week, and arguably the state's most anticipated game this year to date. Over 15,000 are expected to be in attendance at this one. They will see a Rebel offense that has seemingly countless weapons. The Cav defense will have its hands full, and the light schedule that Dorman has played isn't going to help them here. I feel that Byrnes has the more talented and the more battle-tested team this year and they will be able to hold off the Cavs enough to beat them for the first time in nine years... Byrnes 28, Dorman 20.
GAFFNEY AT LAURENS: Eric "The Diesel" Sullivan is going to produce a long night for the Gaffney run defense. The Raiders are a team on the rise, while the Indians are about as low as they can get right now. The Indians will make a game out of this one, but they will fall to another defeat in the end... Laurens 27, Gaffney 21.
NORTHWESTERN AT FORT MILL: This will be a yawner of a game as the Trojans will easily overpower the winless Yellow Jackets... Northwestern 38, Fort Mill 6.
LANCASTER AT RIDGE VIEW: It seems that the Blazers are really starting to gel as a team. Meanwhile, the Bruins are suffering through a very disappointing season. Despite all that, this game will probably be a close affair with both teams having a chance to win. I look for the solid Blazer defense to lead Ridge View to the win here... Ridge View 20, Lancaster 13.
SPRING VALLEY AT ROCK HILL: You can be sure that the Bearcats remember last year's season-opening loss to Spring Valley, and they are going to be looking for some payback. But the Bearcats are similar to Dorman in that they have not played a very strong schedule to date and now have to face a very tough opponent. The Vikings have a solid offense, an adequate defense, and are quite battle-tested. Spring Valley very nearly pulled off an upset in District 3 Stadium last week against Northwestern. Maybe I'm out of my mind, but I think the Vikings will get it done this week. Rock Hill's lack of competition catches up with them as Spring valley pulls the upset over Rock Hill yet again in a very tough, hard-fought game... Spring Valley 18, Rock Hill 17.
AIKEN AT ORANGEBURG-WILKINSON: The Bruins have a very talented, explosive team this year, and it is always tough for visitors in Orangeburg. The Green Hornets, meanwhile, have faced some struggles on offense this year. Who ever knows what is going to happen with O-W in any given week, and this Region 4 is going to be the toughest to predict as a whole, but I think the Bruins should prevail here... O-W 28, Aiken 17.
LEXINGTON AT SOUTH AIKEN: This game features two of the state's top running backs in Demerius Summers and Rashard Hunter, so it looks like the scoreboard operator will stay busy. This game will be very entertaining for the fans that watch it, and the outcome could go either way. This is big game in what will be a very interesting Region 4 race. The Wildcats have a 3-4 record as opposed to 6-1 for the Thoroughbreds, but Lexington has faced a more challenging schedule so far. Really, the two teams appear to be about even to me on paper. I will give the Wildcats a slight edge as they appear to be a bit more battle tested. But I'm really just guessing here in all honesty... Lexington 34, South Aiken 31.
IRMO AT LOWER RICHLAND: The Diamonds have definitely made strides from last season, but they still have a long way to go before they can mount a serious challenge to a team with a defense as stingy as Irmo's is... Irmo 21, Lower Richland 6.
NORTH AUGUSTA AT WHITE KNOLL: This is another Region 4 game that could probably go either way. The Timberwolves have made great strides as a program this year despite a 2-5 record, as they have upset Aiken and stayed close in games against good teams consistently. The Yellow Jackets have scored a lot of points, but a lot of their games have been against much inferior teams, and the good defenses they have faced have held them in check pretty well, and they have given up a lot of points as well, including 50 to Gaffney. My problem with White Knoll here is that I'm not sure they can score enough points to wins this one. North Augusta does have a better offense than Aiken... North Augusta 17, White Knoll 10.
AIRPORT AT DUTCH FORK: The Silver Foxes should be able to keep the Eagles winless without breaking too much of a sweat... Dutch Fork 35, Airport 6.
RICHLAND NORTHEAST AT SUMTER: This is another game with the potential to turn out to be very good and very entertaining. Both teams have had good years so far, with the Cavaliers at 5-2 and Sumter at 6-1. Both teams sport very solid offensive units, but the Gamecocks are playing at home and seem to have the better defense, so they will get an edge... Sumter 27, Richland NE 21.
CONWAY AT SOUTH FLORENCE: The Tigers are having another fine year as they come into this game at 6-1. The Bruins have really slipped in the last couple of weeks after a fine start. Conway's tough defense will keep South Florence struggling... Conway 28, South Florence 7.
HARTSVILLE AT CRESTWOOD: This season has been very disappointing for the Knights. Crestwwod thought they would challenge for the Region 6 title, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen. The Red Foxes earned some early victories with the help of a light schedule, but have tailed off recently. Thes teams are not far apart right now, and I expect this to be a close game with a slight edge going to the homestanding Knights... Crestwood 20, Hartsville 17.
SOCASTEE AT MARLBORO COUNTY: The Braves are not a total pushover, but it is doubtful that they can go to Bennettsville and emerge victorious against the Region 6 favorites... Marlboro County 27, Socastee 7.
BERKELEY AT WANDO: This should be an excellent game. The Warriors are a very good team and a formidable foe for anyone. Wando has put up a lot of points of late. Conversely, the Stags have been struggling somewhat on offense in recent days and really haven't played well the last two weeks. So these two teams have been going in opposite directions. Still, there will be those who will not give Wando a chance in this one, and that is going to make the Warriors very hungry to win this game in their home stadium. I am going to go out on a limb and predict another upset. Wando gets it done... Wando 28, Berkeley 24.
WEST ASHLEY AT GOOSE CREEK: This game likely determines who stays out of the Region 7 cellar this year. While there are not droves of people looking at this game with great anticipation, it should be a pretty good game for the ones that attend it. The two teams seem to be about even, particularly on defense. The Wildcats seem to have a slightly more potent offense, so they get the nod... West Ashley 21, Goose Creek 17.
JAMES ISLAND AT STRATFORD: The Knights are the class of the Lowcountry until someone proves otherwise. I don't think the Trojans will be able to do so... Stratford 35, James Island 17.
HILTON HEAD AT BATTERY CREEK: The Dolphins have proven themselves to be tough competitors this season after a slow start. The Battery Creek offense has done a good job for most of the year, and that's bad news for a Seahawks team that gave up 62 last week and has been struggling defensively for most of the year... Battery Creek 33, Hilton Head 17.
SUMMERVILLE AT BEAUFORT: The Green Wave shouldn't be hindered too much by the winless Eagles in putting up victory number six and exceeding their win total of last year... Summerville 42, Beaufort 14.
FORT DORCHESTER AT COLLETON COUNTY: The young Patriots have been struggling some lately, and they barely got past a poor Beaufort team last week. A solid Cougars team will likely be too much for the Patriots, but Fort Dorchester will play with heart and manage to stay in the game... Colleton County 31, Fort Dorchester 21.
After having done these predictions, I will say it once again- we have a very good week of games to look forward to on Friday! Good luck to everyone and let's all have fun!
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